After just three years, a combined one million apps have been developed for iOS and Android, two of the most popular operating systems for mobile devices.
But mobile application firm AppsFire.com, which made the estimate, said only about 80 percent of these apps are active.
“There you go. We just hit the a significant milestone. If you take all the apps ever published developed on iOS and Android we just reached today 1 million mobile apps combined. Now careful: those 1 million apps are not all active. 800k in total are active,” it said.
Still, it said this was an impressive milestone reached “in a few years and an incredible level of activity lead by the developers’ community.”
In its estimate, AppsFire said iOS apps make up 52 percent of the one million apps, although it hinted there may be more Android apps.
“Our tracking on Android also includes apps that have not been published on the Android Market, while on iOS we count apps that are or were published on iTunes. The point is, there are over one million apps developed or being developed combined on both OSes,” it said.
AppsFire predicts there may be one million live apps for iOS and Android combined before the end of 2011.
A separate article on TheNextWeb said this is due to the smartphone market continuing to boom and device owners downloading an increasing number of applications.
“Judging by how quickly app stores are growing, we might not have long to wait,” it said.
The app stores for both iOS and Android opened in 2008 – Apple’s App Store on July 10 and Google’s Android Market on August 28.